Since part of an Oscar pundit's job is to jump off cliffs, bravely and spectacularly, we salute New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick for daring to forecast a best-picture nomination for "2012," the upcoming apocalypse thriller from Roland Emmerich, director of "The Day After Tomorrow," "Godzilla" and "Independence Day." One of the chief reasons the academy expanded its best-picture list to 10 nominees from five was to include big popcorn pix that used to get nommed in the good ole days ("The Towering Inferno," "Jaws") but now are slighted. Unfortunately, alas, it looks like poor Lou will go splat against the Oscar rocks, according to Variety's gloomy review of "2012."
The trade paper predicts the doomsday thriller will strike lots of ticket gold: "This simultaneously spectacular and risible concoction looks likely to trigger a worldwide B.O. tsunami for Sony." But don't expect much academy gold: "On any level other than as sheer visual sensation, '2012' is a joke, for the simple reason that it has no point of view; the film offers no philosophical, metaphysical, intellectual and certainly no religious perspective on the cataclysm, just the physical frenzy of it all."
But, hey, "2012" does possess an "eye-popping display of movie pyrotechnics," says Variety. So it's not really the end of the Oscar world for the flick. Maybe it can still find salvation is some tech categories like sound editing and viz effects, saving Lumenick a bit on Oscar night too.
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